Good Times (1974–1979)
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God's Business Is Good Business 

Reverend Sam, a flashy televangelist who instead of living the word who uses religion as a hustle, pays a call on his old army buddy James and offers him a job with his entourage that will ... See full summary »

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Willona Woods (as Ja'net Du Bois)
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Thelma Evans (as Bernnadette Stanis)
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Reverend Sam
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Reverend Sam, a flashy televangelist who instead of living the word who uses religion as a hustle, pays a call on his old army buddy James and offers him a job with his entourage that will pay him $700 a week(Sam told James "$100 a day, 7 days a week"). However, Florida, who sees right through Sam's act, is less than thrilled that her husband would want to work with him. James then has a clash of conscience when he sees how Sam's hustle really works and when JJ thinks about following in that path. Written by triplehache2003

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1 March 1974 (USA)  »

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The character of Reverend Sam was based on 'Reverend Ike', a real life preacher who was known for driving around in fancy cars as well as wearing fancy clothes and jewelry See more »

Quotes

James Evans, Sr.: Sam, I want you to meet my eldest son, James Jr. Junior, this the Reverend Sam.
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: Is that your Cadillac out there? That's the biggest hog I ever seen!
Reverend Sam: Well son, the Lord watches over me.
James 'J.J.' Evans, Jr.: Well, He must've blinked, because one of your hubcap's is missing!
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Ralph Carter courtesy of the Broadway musical "Raisin". (Closing credits. This original Broadway production ran from October 1973 to December 1975.) See more »

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Good Times
Performed by James Gilstrap and Blinky
Composed by Dave Grusin, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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Roscoe Lee Browne as Reverend Sam
12 December 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"God's Business is Good Business" guest stars Roscoe Lee Browne as TV evangelist Reverend Sam, an old army buddy of James, who remembers 'Smiling Sam the Happiness Man' as a master crap shooter. Florida doesn't approve of hustlers using the Lord as an excuse to enrich themselves, but 'Honest James' still thinks highly of his old friend. He admits turning over a new leaf to embrace God's vows, while Florida notes the diamonds on his fingers: "I see none of those vows include poverty!" Sam calls upon James to work in his employ for $100 a day, which beats $2.50 an hour: "I didn't know honest men were that expensive!" Florida's willing to keep an open mind: "and a closed pocket book!" Willona admits that Sam is a 'shepherd of the Lord' after watching his people 'fleecing the sheep!'


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